In the next few years, glass doors will start folding and folding will start coming down, says the director of the Glass Door Lab at the University of Warwick in the UK.
“It’s a very exciting time to be a designer and glass door will be a part of that,” said Stephen C. Hutton, who is the co-founder and CEO of Glass Door Labs.
“There will be glass doors on all kinds of surfaces.”
Glass doors are part of a trend towards more efficient, eco-friendly, and functional door designs that have made their way into everyday life.
Huddersfield-born designer David Cottrell created his first design in 1988, but in the years that followed he has gone on to create many more.
“I was working on a large building when a friend of mine told me about the glass doors and asked if I’d like to design them,” he said.
“That’s how it started.”
With its large open spaces and simple lines, the glass door is designed to look like a regular door, but when folded into a folded-down position, it creates a more ergonomic and practical door.
“This allows people to have a bit of space inside the house, to have their feet resting on the counter and to be able to do all sorts of things without being overwhelmed by a large amount of clutter,” Hutton said.
“In the same way, a folded glass door opens up a lot of different possibilities.
It’s the perfect place for a sofa to sit, a bed to sleep on, a window to enjoy a view and for children to have access to the garden, the park or the outdoors.”
Cottrell’s next project is a folding glass door that will be featured in the new BBC documentary, Inside the World of David Cootrell.
The project is being presented at the 2017 TED conference in San Francisco.
Glass door parts Glass Door Lab director Stephen Hutton.
Photo by Steve Cottrill.
The idea behind folding glass doors is to reduce clutter and reduce space by opening up more of the house.
Huttons group has created prototypes for folding doors that fold up in half and allow people to use them as a bed, a workstation, a sofa or a chair.
Cootrell has also designed folding doors for children, but they are not quite the same as the folding doors we see in the movies.
When folding the doors down, the material and materials inside are stripped of any glue or glue-like material, and then they are rolled into a sheet of glass.
This allows them to be folded and then folded up again and again, which is the process that produces the most functional, eco friendly, and ergonomic door designs.
Hutton said the folding of the glass screens is particularly interesting because it allows people with a limited space to have more privacy.
“The folding of glass screens, in particular the folding that we have done with the foldable windows, allows people who have limited space in their homes to have that privacy, to be together in their home,” he explained.
It has been a long journey for Hutton to build his glass doors, and his latest design has taken him years to complete.
In 2016, Hutton founded the Glassdoor Labs and now he is working to create the next generation of glass doors.